Day 8 – Normandy

A day of rest and exploration for the fleet in Dives sur Mer

Market day in Dives

Position 49° 17.644 N 000° 05.853 W
Port Guillaume Marina, Dives sur Mer

It was market day today in Dives and boat crews wandered into town to explore the market and surroundings. The wooden medieval market hall was a feast for the eyes; inside it housed stalls selling thousands of varieties of cheese, meats and vegetables. The streets adjoining were lined with clothes, home furnishing and craft stalls. Despite a spot of rain at midday the town was still a hive of activity.

When the sun finally came out in the afternoon, many participants hit the beach. The Cabourg beach is directly behind the marina and just a short walk away via a bridge. Where Dives is very traditional, Cabourg has been described as a seaside resort with many beautiful shops and excellent restaurants. A short walk in the other direction is the neighbouring town of Houlgate, boasting a beautiful beach, a casino, a variety of restaurants and many lavish chateaus set into the hillside.

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Back at the marina, late afternoon the tidal gate opened and Princess 38 ‘Kismet’ rejoined the fleet from Cherbourg.

The weather for early next week is looking changeable, with Friday looking the best day at the moment. The fleet will stay the 3 nights at Port Guillaume as planned and depart Monday evening for Deauville, a short 8-mile passage along the coast. Weather permitting, there is a barbecue and pontoon party planned for tomorrow evening.

Photo Captions:

The Medieval Market Hall
MBM fleet on Port Guillaume visitor’s pontoon
‘Petrolia’ Paul and Sandra laden with goodies from the market


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